Tuesday, April 22, 2014

How To Quilt A Stitch No 8: Geese on the Move

I frankly don't yet know where I'd use this but really like the planning and the resulting feeling of things really happening.  Here's where we are headed.
You can see I planned this whole thing out using heat erasable Frixion pens. I suppose if you did this alot you wouldn't need to premark... but it gave me confidence I would keep the scale I wanted and also have a constant middle of the channel where geese points hit! 

As I am starting the 3rd row of geese here, you will note I prestitched the vertical curves first to assure all edges started and stopped within the design area.   After that  to stitch each triangle 'goose', you will work off one side line curve.. stitch across to the opposite line curve, stitch down to the triangle point at the bottom, then back up to the starting point.  ( in this just stitched 'goose'... I went west to east cross the top of one triangle 'goose', south west to center, north west to point of origin) 
Happy Quilting All! 

Monday, April 21, 2014

How To Quilt A Stitch No 7: Blocks and Curves

This filler is kind of fun for areas that need a little something going on but not overly heavy stitching.   here's where we are headed.  This motif is shown here in  horizontal orientation but I prefer to stitch in  vertical orientation. Just easier for me and sometimes machines like up and down better than side to side.
You can see I marked the quilting area with the planned motif... ( again using a heat erasable Frixion pen).  This isn't truly necessary but if it helps you plan and get started... do it!  It will all go away with the touch of your iron... OR as I have learned... a blow dryer blowing hot air. 
Stitching the curved lines is pretty straight forward... Stitching the BOX line  calls for a wee bit of back tracking. Hopefully you can see that  I stitched UP the line to the TOP of the box before starting the box coming off the line, finally returning to the line... then will need to stitch atop earlier line stitching to keep moving up the line toward the top of the area to be quilted.  
 The same idea is used when stitching from the top of the area coming down a line... one just starts coming OFF the curve line at the BOTTOM of the box there. 
Happy Quilting All!  

Sunday, April 20, 2014

On The Third Day...

 The stone was rolled away and His tomb was empty...!                       Celebrate !

Friday, April 18, 2014

How To Quilt A Stitch No 6: Triangle Scroll

 I like this quilting motif for areas that might be too serene for my thinking and need a little spicing up.
Here is where we are headed:
This is simply a scroll in and back out only a triangle... any shape and size triangle. First I stitched an outside parameter, scrolled inward to a "angular"  turnaround  leaving room to get back out as I am doing here.
Once you scroll out and come to a finish point,  you are ready to start the next triangle.( photo below is  same idea as above... just a different triangle shown)  This requires little to no planning other than choice of scale which will work for the area to be quilted. You may have noted a first stitch marked with a heat erasable Frixion pen in the bottom left corner of the top photo.  One does not have to mark the first scroll less it helps you get started. The overall effect of this kind of fill is that 'something is happening.. things are moving.... a wee bit of excitement.
Happy Quilting All! 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Last Supper

On the night before His death , Jesus gathered His disciples for their last supper together...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

How To Quilt A Stitch No. 5: Stacked Roof Tops

This is a great filler in areas that need a sense of feeling stabile without  using just plain straight lines.  Here is where we are headed. 
I seldom mark this but am doing a first row here so you can better see the plan. I have used a frixion marking pen to draw a row of squares/rectangles at different heights. 
 The first stitch effort is to follow the  drawn line across left to right noting you are back tracking a few stitches at the bottom of each shape.
 At the end of the first row, you stitch up the right side of the to be quilted area and begin a right to left row of the same plan... this time however you intersect the box (rooftop) somewhere near the middle of  the roof below as the needle down is shown here.
 Continue on with this plan  changing directions at the end of each row and you have an interesting filler when done.   Iron any markings away. Goes pretty fast all in all.  Happy Quilting All!

Monday, April 14, 2014

How To Quilt A Stitch No. 4: Meandering on Point

I like the look of this particularly in a more plain area of  quilt top fabric.

Here's where we are headed.

A little marking ( again I used Frixion Erasable pen by Pilot.)  to get started is fine if it helps.. particularly in this example where I was equally dividing an area into 4 triangles.... What goes inside each triangle is really an elongated meander so if it helps you get going, draw the first few lines of your meander. By the third line, you'll have the idea down and can free hand from there on.   
After all areas are quilting, iron the Frixion marking away and you are done!  Happy Quilting All!